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Plant Identification: SOLVED: 3" brown, spiky seed pod from Florida

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BLMacKay
Rowlett, TX

November 14, 2009
5:52 PM

Post #7273572

A student of mine (I teach 3rd grade in North Texas) brought in a seed pod from Florida. We opened it up and there were 2 greenish- grey seeds attached to the inside.

We have looked and looked for the species but we are not having any luck. She does not have any info as to where in Florida, or what the tree or bush looked like.

Any ideas would be helpful, as she wants to write a report on it and turn it in to our school's Nature Exchange program.

Thank you!

Brenda

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 14, 2009
7:27 PM

Post #7273828

Looks like Caesalpinia bonduc, Gray Nickers.
Kalpavriksha
Sarasota, FL

November 14, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #7273875

It's a type of sea bean. http://www.seabean.com/what.htm
Zaragoza
Zaragoza
Spain
(Zone 8b)

November 14, 2009
9:48 PM

Post #7274204

For me it's Caesalpinia bonduc.
BLMacKay
Rowlett, TX

November 15, 2009
12:10 AM

Post #7274637

Wow! You are awesome! I do believe it is the grey nickernut! I am impressed! Thank you so much! I am going to email the student's mom right away and let her know that the mystery has been solved!

Thanks again from North Texas!

~Brenda
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Bretten
Germany

November 15, 2009
10:59 AM

Post #7275680

Yes wow! What an interesting plant http://images.google.de/imgres?imgurl=http://www.seabean.com/guide/caesalpinia_bonduc/jpg/Nickarbeans3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.seabean.com/guide/caesalpinia_bonduc/index.htm&usg=__8b_BBfvgBdoT_S0o5xKqT_hxNRE=&h=300&w=400&sz=31&hl=de&start=9&um=1&tbnid=M37y2muSkqE5lM:&tbnh=93&tbnw=124&prev=/images%3Fq%3DCaesalpinia%2Bbonduc.%26hl%3Dde%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 15, 2009
6:13 PM

Post #7276544

In Hawai'i, the dried gray seeds are strung into lei (necklaces). It can be very punishing to collect the seeds. Wear shoes, and bring gloves!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2009
7:30 PM

Post #7276690

Yellow Nicker-Bean (C. major) covered a good portion of my back lot when i lived in the keys. not something you'd ever want to tangle with, believe me! they are brutal.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 15, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #7276744

Caesalpinia major is a pain to deal with. Here it makes stands that are impenetrable. If you have to run into a patch while hiking, just backing out of it can cause some blood loss. Those recurved spines don't want to let go!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2009
8:46 PM

Post #7276911

i hear ya, dave.

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